The Tulsa Roughnecks FC will be back in action Tuesday night for its fourth game in 11 days. The Roughnecks will be in California to face Orange County SC for the second and final time during the regular season. Tulsa recorded a 4-0 win over OC on May 13 at ONEOK Field. Kickoff in southern California is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CDT.
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It will be the fifth meeting all-time between the two franchises with the Roughnecks holding a 3-1-0 advantage. The one setback was a 2-1 home loss last season in the only meeting of the year.
Like Tulsa, Orange County will also be playing its fourth game in 11 days. OC has recorded away draws with San Antonio and Swope Park during the busy stretch and lost 4-0 at home to Colorado Springs.
The Roughnecks will enter the game on their best run of play this year, having lost only one time since July 1 and posting a 5-2-1 record in the eight game played during the stretch.
The two sides are in a large group of teams in the Western Conference that are chasing the final four playoff spots. The Roughnecks currently occupy the seventh spot in the West with 32 points and a 10-9-2 record.
Orange County is just two spots behind Tulsa in the ninth spot with 27 points and a 7-6-6 record.
The Roustabouts have scheduled a Watch Party for the match at Empire Bar located at 1516 S. Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. The Watch Party is open to all fans ages 21 and over.
The game can also be viewed live on YouTube through the USL Match Center. Fans can go to YouTube and search for USL Match Center in order to find the broadcasts.
CAFFA AND KIMURA MISSING
The Roughnecks will again be without captain Juan Pablo Caffa and defender Kosuke Kimura. Caffa will miss his second straight match with a hamstring issue, while Kimura will be out for the fourth straight game as he recovers from a MCL strain.
SVANTESSON APPROACHING RECORD
Ian Svantesson scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season in Saturday’s Black Gold Derby victory. The forward is now only one goal behind Sammy Ochoa’s franchise record of 11 goals scored during the 2016 season.
Fabian Cerda recorded a clean sheet in Tulsa's first meeting with Orange County SC this season. (Brooke Carroll)